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Florida State coach Willie Taggart and his staff are on the hunt for receivers in the 2019 cycle, with 4-star receiver and Missouri native Marcus Washington among the Seminoles' top targets heading into the summer.

Florida State recruiting: 4-star WR Marcus Washington has Seminoles in top 6

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Washington set to decide in August

One of the primary needs on offense for Florida State in the 2019 class is at the receiver position.

While the need for pass catchers isn’t as great as it was in the 2018 cycle for coach Willie Taggart and his staff, it’s a position where three, or even four prospects could make up this receiver class by the time it concludes.

The Seminoles have a commitment from 4-star Dunnellon (Fla.) receiver Maurice Goolsby, and they have a handful of top targets on the short list to fill the remaining spots at the position.

One of those targets is 4-star St. Louis (Mo.) Trinity Catholic receiver Marcus Washington.

On Sunday, Washington cut his list of more than 35 offers to six schools he will focus on until he makes his commitment on Aug. 7.

The 6-foot-2, 193-pound playmaker listed Florida State, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio State, Oregon and Texas.

Washington rates as the nation’s No. 9 receiver and the No. 59 player overall in the 2019 cycle, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

Over the past three seasons, Washington has recorded 97 receptions for 1,894 yards with 28 touchdowns, per MaxPreps.

As Chris Nee of Noles247 detailed, Washington has yet to visit Tallahassee and the only visit he has planned between now and the time he plans on committing is to Ohio State.

Of course, if the Seminoles want to have a shot of winning this battle, getting him on campus at some point in the next two months is mandatory. Now that Washington has included the Seminoles on his short list, it appears as if the chances of a visit are likely assuming he doesn’t scrap his commitment plans and decide after his trip to Columbus.

LB target sets commitment date

When it comes to defense, the Seminoles have a need for linebackers that has to be filled by February.

The Seminoles have a pledge from 4-star Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy linebacker Jaleel McRae. Similar to the receiver position, the linebacker position is one Taggart and defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett are likely to pay attention to in the coming months.

One target the Seminoles have shown interest in is 5-star Mineral (Va.) Louisa County linebacker Brandon Smith.

Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State and Texas A&M are among the other programs that are recruiting Smith hard, and it appears as if he’s ready to shut down his recruitment and make a decision.

As he announced on his Twitter account on Sunday, that decision will come on May 21.

As Nee noted, Seminoles defensive assistants Odell Haggins and Raymond Woodie paid a visit to Smith’s school earlier this month, and the staff has maintained close contact with him over the last few months.

The 6-4, 223-pound Smith rates as the nation’s No. 2 inside linebacker and the No. 29 player overall in the 2019 cycle.

While the Seminoles have renewed their interest in Smith, it appears as their chances to win out for his upcoming decision are slim. Penn State appears to be favorite heading into his announcement.

If that’s the case, the Seminoles will likely continue to recruit Smith. But their focus could turn to prospects such as 5-star Horn Lake (Miss.) linebacker Nakobe Dean. In addition to Dean, the board, especially with inside linebackers, could expand in the coming months.

 

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